Nina Simone: Four Women
December 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM at Arena Stage, 1101 6th St SW
Velvet-throated songstress Nina Simone hypnotized audiences with her signature renditions of standards from the American songbook. But on September 15, 1963, a devastating explosion in Birmingham, Alabama rocked our entire nation to the core, and from the memory of the four little girls that were lost in this unimaginable tragedy came “Four Women” — along with Simone’s other activist anthems like “Mississippi Goddam,” “Old Jim Crow” and “To Be Young, Gifted and Black.” Through storytelling and song, Nina Simone: Four Women reveals how this iconic chanteuse found her true voice — and how the “High Priestess of Soul” helped define the sound of the Civil Rights Movement.
Tickets are limited, please call the Georgetown Village office at 202-999-8988 to reserve your seat.
Docent-led tour of the “Renoir and Friends” exhibit at The Phillips Collection
December 15th @ 10:30 AM
This exhibition tells the story behind Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party”. Focused on the people who inspired that famous lunch scene, the 40 watercolors, pastels, paintings, drawings, and photographs reveal Renoir’s inner circle of friends and the context behind his masterpiece. You’ll also be able to see what the museum has learned about the painting through such technology as X-radiographic and infrared images.
Visit to The National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall
December 21 @11 AM
A slide introduction to Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Paintings (45 minutes) followed by a film, “Vermeer, Beyond Time” in the East Building auditorium (86 minutes). After the slide show and the film we will tour the exhibit, “Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting”. The highlight of the National Gallery of Art’s fall season is an exhibition curated by its longtime curator of Dutch art, Arthur Wheelock, who has gathered 10 paintings by Vermeer (many not seen in this country in many years) as part of a show that puts the artist in the context of other genre painters from the Dutch Golden Age. Some 65 works will be on view, including paintings by Gerard ter Borch, Gerrit Dou, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu, Frans van Mieris, Caspar Netscher, and Jan Steen.